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2015 Honored Teacher Contest Winners Announced

Massanutten Regional Library announced the winners of its annual Robert B. and Gladys Hopkins Strickler Honored Teachers Writing Contest Thursday.
     Two teachers tied for the top prize of “Honored Teacher of the Year” and split the $500 prize for each school.  Dee Grimm, English teacher at Turner Ashby High School, and Laura Cole, a teacher at Pleasant Valley Elementary, were declared top teachers for 2015.  This is the second consecutive win for Cole, who also won the award in 2014.
     Students from Harrisonburg City, Rockingham and Page County Schools were invited to write an original essay or poem about a current or former teacher who has had an impact on their life.  The contest, now in its 19th year, climaxed with a reception at Massanutten Regional Main Library for the winning students and teachers and a reading and viewing of the student work.
The 2015 winning students include:
Students:                                                                               Teacher:
Ashley Botkin                                                      Dee Grimm,Turner Ashby HS
Sarah Deloney                                                     Holly Kincaid, Skyline Middle
Zion Estes                                                           Robin Goble, John Wayland Elementary
Ellee Rose Trout                                                  Katie Hylton, South River Elementary
Fallon D. Powell                                                  Crista Clark, Pleasant Valley Elementary
Jayden Andrew Comer                                        Laura Cole, Pleasant Valley Elementary
Tucker Hayden Trout                                           Brandon Caricofe, South River Elementary    
Savannah Kate Janzen (tie)                                  Kim Price, Lacey Spring Elementary
Samantha Parrish (tie)                                          Kam Shull, Peak View Elementary
Art Award
Jah-Gift McLucas                                                Christiana Campbell, Waterman Elementary
    Students honored their teachers at the ceremony Thursday evening by reading their essays in front of teachers, parents, and invited guests.
    Judging for the contest was performed by the Harrisonburg Kiwanis Club and members of the club also assisted with serving refreshments.  Jim Gilchrist, member of the Harrisonburg Kiwanis, also welcomed the group of educators, parents and students.

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